UNM students present downtown redevelopment designs

By Chelle Delaney: Quay County Sun

Plans for downtown redevelopment by students from UNM were received with enthusiasm by local residents.

“I like what I see here,” said Beth Parmer, who joined more than a dozen residents as the presentation on Saturday.

The students from the UNM School of Architecture and Planning provided illlustrated drawings of a renovated train depot with pedestrian walkways and public spaces for outdoor movies and other activities.

An economic strategy for driving businmesses downtown was also presented.

And, among other views, was an illustrated drawing of the Quay County Courthouse with lush landscaping and an addition on the courthouse’s south side.

“This is the beginning,” said Charlie Deans, an urban planner with New Mexico Main Street.

“What we’ve seen in the past, is that it’s stimulus. … You really need a vision to begin with,” Deans said.

Main Street Tucumcari has a grant for $70,000 that is designated for a master plan, that may eventually incorporate some of the students’ designs.

And funding usually follows the master plan, Dean said.

“Once pople see these drawings I think enthusiasm will be higher,” said Tucumcari resident Lola Bauler.

Don Falls said he was pleased to see angle parking with a center median that would pull people together and downtown.
Mike Lucero said he liked the possibilities that the students presented.

But he also expressed disappointment that more residents were not able to be at the presentation.

In the future, parts of the presentation will be available for viewing at the city library and other venues, said David Buchen, executive director of Tucumcari Main Street.

Bauler said, “Downtown Tucumcari can’t be what it used to be, but it can be better.”